Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Watch: Al Pacino Plays An Aging Rocker Transformed By John Lennon In First Trailer For ‘Danny Collins’ Watch: Al Pacino Plays An Aging Rocker Transformed By John Lennon In First Trailer For ‘Danny Collins’ Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning & Hailee Steinfeld Eyed To Play Jean Grey In 'X-Men: Apocalypse' And More Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning & Hailee Steinfeld Eyed To Play Jean Grey In 'X-Men: Apocalypse' And More Steve McQueen's Next Film Will Be About Paul Robeson Steve McQueen's Next Film Will Be About Paul Robeson Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Listen Up, Christopher Nolan Defends Sound Mix On 'Interstellar' Listen Up, Christopher Nolan Defends Sound Mix On 'Interstellar' Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Sorry Ridley Scott, Isaiah Washington Is Going To Tackle A Football Concussion Drama First

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 13, 2013 at 2:58PM

Look out fairy tales, young adult novels and toys — it looks like the hot new material around town is football head injury dramas. Wait, what? Well, it certainly seems that way with reports hitting last week that Ridley Scott was starting development on a drama out the health crisis in the sport. But considering that project might not even get made, given Scott's plethora of things to choose from at any moment, it's not a shock another movie is going to tackle the subject first.
0
Isaiah Washington Grey's Anatomy

Look out fairy tales, young adult novels and toys — it looks like the hot new material around town is football head injury dramas. Wait, what? Well, it certainly seems that way with reports hitting last week that Ridley Scott was starting development on a drama out the health crisis in the sport. But considering that project might not even get made, given Scott's plethora of things to choose from at any moment, it's not a shock another movie is going to tackle the subject first.

Deadline reports that Isaiah Washington, coming off the underrated Beltway Sniper drama "Blue Caprice" (seriously, track it down, it's gripping stuff), will star in an untitled movie about concussions and head injuries in football. The film is from writer/director Matthew A. Cherry who knows his way around the gridiron, not only as a former wide receiver, but as also having helmed the football drama "The Last Fall" previously. Washington will executive produce the indie flick and play "a retired professional football player suffering from a degenerative brain disease who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son to warn him about returning to play a game too soon after sustaining a concussion."

So why are so many filmmakers hot on what seems like a niche health issue? Well, it's something that has become a controversy within the NFL, with the industry trying to suppress medical information and protect a billion dollar sport from lawsuits or worse. "What's the level of acceptable risk? What's the level of reasonable reform?" broadcaster Bob Costas asks in the very strong documentary "Head Games" (which you should see), a question that gets to the heart of what players and official are dealing with. In the right hands this material could be "The Insider" of football movies, though this seems to be going for a more direction emotional response.

Production is aiming to start next spring on this, and it'll be interesting to see how those around the sport will respond. Here's the trailer for Cherry's previous film.

This article is related to: Isaiah Washington


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates